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Today we learn the history of the Spenard windmill in Anchorage. Mike Gordon is the owner of Chilkoot Charlie’s, and the windmill housed in the bar’s parking lot. He’s had it for about 30 years, but it was originally built in the early ’60s by Byron Gillam, an Anchorage businessman. It passed through several different owners before Mike Gordon’s reputation helped him land it.
Today we’re surviving children’s music. While some children’s music is better than others, most of it can drive you crazy after multiple listens. To find out how to keep our musical sanity after children, we turn to Townsquare 49 contributor, local DJ, and brand new father Spencer Shroyer.
Today we’re making birch syrup. Peter’s Creek resident Erik Johnson never misses a chance to harvest Alaska’s bounty, and recently he expanded his gatherings to birch sap.
Johnson says now is the perfect time to start.
Today we’re gearing up for the birding season. Townsquare 49 contributor and bird enthusiast Zac Clark says Anchorage will see a big flux of birds in the next two to six weeks.
He calls this time of year the glory days, but it wasn’t long ago when Clark couldn’t have cared less about birds.
When driving along Turnagain Arm, you might miss the modest sign for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage Creek.
But if you do manage to find your way into the wildlife center, you’ll find some interesting animals with equally fascinating stories.
Today we meet a pair of sisters. Nine years ago, Gracia O’Connell and Jesenia Peterson were matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska program.
Jesenia still remembers her response when asked what kind of Big Sister she wanted.
Ryan Anderson and his team of artists were recruited by the Loussac Library to turn the building into a unique light show.
Their final product? The illusion of a dragon inside the Loussac Library.
Townsquare 49 contributor and certified art critic Jean Bundy recently attended the Whitney Biennial art show in the big apple.
The Whitney museum boasts the finest collection of 20th century American art, and calls their Biennial the country’s leading survey of modern art.
Today we’re grooming ski trails. The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage has a long list of tasks from ski lessons, to biathlon training, to races.
But almost all of their focus is devoted to one thing; grooming trails.
Today we’re exploring Spanish cuisine. Meneka Thiru is a food blogger for the group Anchorage Food Mosaic, and she’s been living is Spain for the past several months.
She says most of her culture shock has been food related.
Today we’re picking up after our dogs. Yes, today’s topic is dog poop. Not the most glamorous subject, but one that inspires a lot of angst that Cherie Northon hears about all the time.
Northon is the Executive Director of the Anchorage Waterways Council.
Today we’re looking back at the 40 plus years of the iconic Anchorage bar Chilkoot Charlie’s.
Mike Gordon has owned Koots since its humble beginning in 1970, and he says the experience has been a roller coaster. So much so, that the bar itself touts the title “World Famous Chilkoot Charlies.”
Today we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with music.
And what better gift than the gift of music? It’s highly customizable, and can be deeply personal.
Now, obviously the days of making your sweetheart a mix tape are long gone, but DJ Spencer Lee says you can go digital just as easily.
Today we’re sticking with our New Year’s Resolutions. This is the time of year in which many us, despite our best intentions, are already falling short on our resolutions.
But food and wine blogger Carolyn Kinneen picked an attainable New Year’s Resolution for 2014: To expand her wine knowledge.
Elizabeth Nicolai is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Loussac Library, and right now she’s reading a dinosaur book to a group of very small children.
Recently the library expanded their second floor to include what they call the Play and Learn center. Inside of what looks like a massive fort of books there are toys, inspirational messages, and interactive art work on the walls.
Today we’re attending a spoken word show.
Nora Herzog has been performing spoken word for about a year now. She’s always enjoyed writing poetry, but could never find a good way to share it.
Today we’re giving back. Since its introduction in 2009, Alaska’s Pick Click Give program has enjoyed major success, despite residents seeing diminishing Permanent Fund Dividends almost every year.
This year Pick Click Give is unveiling a new campaign and slogan for the project. The mantra is “Lovalaska.”
Today we’re looking back at the top five Town Square 49 Radio stories of 2013.
How did we pick our top five stories? We tallied up your Facebook “likes” for each of our stories and came up with this list.
Now, let’s catch up with some of our favorite people.
Today we meet a cupcake champion.
Back in early November you may have heard about a born-and-raised Alaskan named Kastle Sorenson, who competed on the Food Network program Cupcake Wars. And won.
Today we’re getting crafty for the holidays. Natasha Price has been making handmade gifts as far back as she can remember. She’s been sewing since she was three, knitting since she was six, and documenting her DIY projects on her blog for about four years.
Price likes making creative gifts this time of year. So, together we’re recycling my old Christmas sweater.